The Central Board of Film Certification has ordered the makers of Phillauri to delete a scene featuring Hanuman Chalisa.
In the scene, actor Suraj Sharma is seen reciting Hanuman Chalisa while sitting in his bathtub when he sees Shashi (Anushka Sharma), who plays a ghost in the movie. To drive the ghost away, the actor was reciting the Hanuman Chalisa.
According to Hindu beliefs, Hanuman Chalisa drives away the evil spirits but in Phillauri when Suraj recites the Chalisa, the ghost Shashi doesn’t leave the spot.
A source close to the Central board revealed that this particular scene can hurt the sentiments of Hindu community. The CBFC has ordered the makers to remove ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ from the film’s soundtrack. The makers have agreed to omit the scene and now the actor will be seen reciting a prayer but the prayer won’t be heard out loud.
In Phillauri, Anushka Sharma plays the role of a happy ghost while this is Suraj Sharma’s Bollywood debut after Life of Pi’.
Releasing on March 24, Phillauri also features Punjabi actor Diljit Dosanj in a pivotal role.